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Muse-Jogging Tips That Make Me Stumble & Alternatives
By Rula Sinara
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We’ve all heard the saying and I think, with a twist, it applies to tips writers use to jog their muse or help them brainstorm a scene. An activity that brings a moment of epiphany to one writer, might flat out murder the muse of another. I’ve read posts and lists on what writers like to do when they need a break from their computer and their brain and butt’s gone numb. Well, I’m going to list the top 3 tips I’ve read about that don’t work for me and what I do instead.
Okay, here it goes…failed tips:
1. Washing dishes: Um, I understand that the rhythm and mindless monotony of certain chores helps clear the head and make room for daydreaming…I mean…brainstorming for a story or scene, but the only thing I can think of while washing dishes is why in the world are there thirty cups to wash since the last meal if I only have three kids?!!! Annoyance and frustration are not my muse’s friends.
Alternative: Abandon dishes while chanting ‘those who soiled can scrub’ and go for a long, quiet drive on a scenic route.
2. Listen to Music: Great idea for some, but the only time I can listen to music is in between manuscripts. It must be how my brain is wired, but I can’t write with music playing. I need total silence. Plus, once I hear a song I love, it’ll play in my head for two weeks. Loudly. And I won’t be able to focus on my story. I do have songs that inspire my books, but I don’t have book soundtracks like some authors do.
Alternative: Sit outside, weather permitting, close my eyes and listen to the birds and the rustle of leaves from the trees that shade the creek by our house. Or open a window on a rainy day and just listen. Those natural sounds along with the soothing effects on my other senses (like the smell of rain or the warmth of sun), ground me and send my imagination into overdrive.
3. Go to the gym: True, making time for exercise is critical for anyone who sits at their job. Exercise also gets your blood circulating and is a great stress reliever…and stress is toxic to both muse and body. I’ve even read about using an exercise ball instead of a desk chair or building a treadmill desk. I have one word for that. Motion sickness. I can’t write and move at the same time. Nor can I read in a car for that matter. As for gyms…that’s just not me. Too many people. Too much noise and distraction.
Alternative: I do believe in the positive effects of exercise, but I’ll take mine as a long walk (preferably a scenic, quiet path…luckily I live in the countryside) or gardening. I love gardening and planting or even weeding is the perfect activity for my body and brain. Oh and my muse totally loves gardening (tries to one-up my green thumb all the time ;).
Notice I like the outdoors and quiet time, LOL? What about you? What works and what doesn’t? Any creative ideas? List your (PG rated) tip in the comments for a chance to win an autographed copy of my Harlequin Heartwarming, The Promise of Rain, along with a pen and matching bookmark. The winner will be announced here!
Rula Sinara lives in Virginia’s countryside with her husband, three boys and crazy but endearing pets. When she's not writing or doing mom stuff, she loves organic gardening, attracting wildlife to her yard (cool bugs included) or watching romantic movies. She also enjoys interviewing fellow authors and is a Special Contributor for USA Today's Happy Ever After blog. Her door is always open at www.rulasinara.com or www.awritersrush.blogspot.com.
Blurb: The Promise of Rain
The Busara elephant research and rescue camp on Kenya's Serengeti is Anna Bekker's life's work. And it's the last place she thought she'd run into Dr. Jackson Harper. As soon as he sets eyes on her four-year-old, Pippa, Anna knows he'll never leave…without his daughter.
Furious doesn't begin to describe how Jack feels. How could Anna keep this from him? He has to get his child back to the States. Yet as angry as he is with Anna, they still have a bond. But can it endure, despite the ocean—and the little girl—between them?
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